• OU Football: Evaluating OU's class of 2017, re-evaluating the meaning of commitment

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    NORMAN — There's an old recruiting maxim uttered by dozens of college football coaches through the years: It's like shaving; do it every day or, pretty soon, you'll look like a bum. That's why there's no rest for coaches around the country, despite having just signed their 2016 classes Wednesday. It's on to 2017, and Oklahoma is already off to its best start in years. The Sooners have five commitments, each ranked among the nation's top 250 prospects by Rivals.com.

  • Anadarko OL Kelby Bailey signs with Air Force

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Anadarko offensive lineman Kelby Bailey quietly put together his best season of his career, and it paid off Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle became the second football player in school history to sign with a Division I program when he signed a Certificate of Intent with Air Force. “I’m a very humble guy,” Bailey told the Lawton Constitution. “I’m just going to play football somewhere, and I’ve got to earn my spot when I get there. But I feel very blessed. I’d like to think this could pave the way and open doors for future football players at Anadarko. It’s hard work, of course.

  • High school notebook: Three football coaches leave state for new jobs

    By Jacob Unruh, Scott Wright and Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Two coaches are critical of Oklahoma education system.

  • OU football: A look at the Sooners' recruits

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Oklahoma boosted one of the nation's top recruiting classes with the addition of linebacker Caleb Kelly late Wednesday. Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Clovis West High School in Fresno, California, was listed as a five-star prospect by Rivals and Scout. He chose the Sooners over Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas and others. Kelly's addition is critical because Oklahoma lost five of its top six linebackers from its squad that reached the College Football Playoff, including second-team All-American Eric Striker. THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OU'S CLASS: * Top 25 Class: Yes. * Best in class: Caleb Kelly, LB, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) * Best of the rest: Zach Farrar, WR, Southlake Carroll

  • OSU football: A look at the Cowboys' recruits

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich are expected to bring in at least 11 offensive players in the 2016 recruiting class. Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer is expected to have at least eight new defenders in this year's class. Here is a look at each player OSU is bringing in: [pagebreak] TYRELL ALEXANDER, Athlete STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Lancaster, Texas 6-1 169 @T_Real07 Alexander is listed as an athlete by most recruiting services, but projects at receiver for the Cowboys. He turned down a late offer from Oregon to sign on at OSU.

  • Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel highlights Air Force's efforts in Oklahoma

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Heritage Hall star Tevin McDaniel already has a date circled on his calendar two seasons into his college career at Air Force. Sept. 16, 2017, a game in the Big House against Michigan. “It’s not like we’re playing other teams,” McDaniel said. “These are teams that compete for national championships and we get to go play them.” McDaniel signed a Certificate of Intent with the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, pledging to join the academy that has hit Oklahoma hard this recruiting season. He was joined Wednesday by Altus star Taven Birdow, Edmond Memorial linebacker Zeke Mammen and John Marshall quarterback Lenard Leviston III.

  • National Signing Day: Why Chandler's Mason Myers chose a college coach just like his father

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    CHANDLER — Family and friends, coaches and teammates surrounded Mason Myers as he sat inside the library at Chandler High School. A smile rarely left his face. And yet, there was also sadness on Wednesday morning. On the day he signed a national letter of intent to play football at Central Oklahoma, Myers thought often about the person who wasn't there — his dad. Scott Myers, a longtime high school football coach, died in 2012 after a courageous and difficult three-year battle with cancer. "I wish he was here," Mason Myers said. "I knew he would've been sitting right there next to me." It was another in a string of bittersweet days for Myers and his family.

  • Will Horns' haul translate into wins and Big 12 championships?

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Charlie Strong had been talking for nearly an hour during his National Signing Day press conference when the question he'd been expecting finally came. Do you have enough talent now to win the Big 12? "I knew that was coming," the Texas coach said. He chuckled. "We'll put it together and see what we got." What Strong got Wednesday was not only one of the best recruiting classes in the country but also the biggest story of signing day. The Longhorns surged like no other team, going from outside the national top 25 recruiting rankings to solidly in the top 10. It was a Horn haul. But, of course, we've heard this song and dance before.

  • Oklahoma State football: Calvin Bundage stamps Cowboys' late, strong surge

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Before a large and lively crowd in the Santa Fe gym, Bundage picked the OSU hat from a group that also included Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and Oklahoma, setting off an eruption in the stands and relief an hour to the north in Stillwater.

  • Oklahoma State football: The Cowboys' 2016 signees

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Tyrell Alexander ATH, 6-1, 169, Lancaster, Texas Alexander is listed as an athlete by most recruiting services, but projects at receiver for the Cowboys. He turned down a late offer from Oregon to sign on at OSU. La'Darren Brown RB, 5-10, 178, Desoto, Texas Brown was a track star at DeSoto High School (Texas) who reportedly ran a sub-4.4 second 40-yard dash during a summer camp in Stillwater. A redshirt year might be ahead as Brown checks in at 178 pounds. Tyler Brown OL, 6-6, 315, Lexington Brown's hometown of Lexington is hardly prime recruiting ground for OSU. But at 6-foot-6 and 315-pounds, he projects nicely on the Cowboys' offensive front.

  • At Norman North, an ailing mother delights in her son's signing

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — In the months after Thelma Richardson's leukemia diagnosis, her son Jude spent a substantial amount of time at the hospital. It got to the point where Thelma thought he might be spending too much time with her. Jude was leaving school and skipping football practice. “I had to call his teammates and ask them to take over and make sure he was at practice,” Thelma said Wednesday, tears pouring down her face during an interview. “I wanted everything to be as normal as possible for him. I didn't want my sickness to be a disadvantage for him. I'd hate for a scout to be there and him be at the hospital with me instead of school.

  • National recruiting notebook: Signing Day showmanship goes to new heights

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Recruits upped the ante significantly this signing day, and none more than four-star safety Deontay Anderson, who jumped out of an airplane in a creative skydiving video that involved him flying through computer-generated graphics of the schools who recruited him.

  • Mustang's Chandler Garrett following familiar path to Wyoming

    scott wright | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    MUSTANG — Two-and-a-half years ago, Mustang’s Chandler Garrett stood in a room at coach Jeremy Dombek’s home surrounded by Wyoming football memorabilia. Now Garrett is about to be immersed in Wyoming football once again, only this time as a player, following in his coach’s footsteps. “It’s really ironic, because he was No. 11 and I’m No. 11,” the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Garrett said Wednesday after signing his letter of intent with the Cowboys. “He played against Nebraska at Nebraska, and I’ll play there in my second game. There are a lot of cool things like that. I think it’s definitely where I’m supposed to be.

  • Wild weekend of Beyonce, soccer camp leads Heritage Hall's Lauren Smitherman to Illinois

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Lauren Smitherman wants to create her own story. The daughter of former Oklahoma football player Don Smitherman, she wants to move away and do her own thing, which resulted in the Heritage Hall soccer star signing a National Letter of Intent with Illinois. “I’ve lived in Oklahoma all of my life,” Lauren said. “I think I just wanted a change. I wanted to create my own legacy instead of being another Smitherman. Illinois is a good place for me.” It was one crazy weekend in the 2013 summer that led her to the Big 10 school. Smitherman fulfilled a dream one Friday by attending a Beyoncè concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena. She then drove all night with her family to Houston for

  • National signing day: Georgia Southern felt like home to Norman North swimmer Madie Sarantakos

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — Madie Sarantakos didn’t want to go to a college that was too big, but also wanted to find one with an all-girls swimming team. The Norman North standout found exactly what she was looking for at Georgia Southern, and signed to accept a scholarship there Wednesday in the Norman North gymnasium. “I just felt completely at home there,” Sarantakos said. She visited the Statesboro, Ga., campus in October and said her final decision came down to Georgia Southern and Illinois. A few days after returning from the trip to GSU, she talked it over with her parents and committed. “The whole Statesboro city is the campus,” she said.

  • Edmond Santa Fe's Mike Coats Jr. joins family friend at Lamar

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. tweeted his commitment to Lamar on Jan. 16. A few minutes later, so did Jaylon Bowden, a Blinn College (Texas) defensive back. It certainly wasn’t a coincidence. Coats and Bowden grew up together and consider each other family. Their fathers Mike Coats and Joe Bowden played together at Oklahoma, becoming best friends. “We didn’t plan it at all,” Mike Coats Jr. said. “It’s been a dream. We always said it would be cool when we were little.” Coats was on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City team after recording 104 tackles, a sack and an interception last season. He will also play for former OU center Chuck Langston, who is

  • Tuttle sends three intriguing football prospects to the next level

    scott wright | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    TUTTLE — Chandler Anthony was all set to go to Illinois State when he verbally committed to the program last month. Just a couple days before that, North Texas coaches had reached out to him, but he wasn’t sure how serious their talks would become. So he committed to Illinois State, but the Mean Green kept working on him. On Wednesday, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive tackle signed with North Texas, attaining his goal of reaching the Division I FBS level. “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to get to play FBS football,” Anthony said. “It took a while. There were a lot of turns, and I’m really happy to get it over with. “I couldn’t be happier where I

  • Edmond Santa Fe's Dillon Hall signs with hometown NEO

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Dillon Hall didn’t base his decision to sign with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College on being able to return home to Miami. But it certainly played a small factor. “I had some options, but I felt NEO was best,” Hall said. “My dad went there and he really enjoyed it. I love Miami. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to go back. But I think my best opportunity lies there and if I go down there and do good I think I have great things ahead of me.” Hall moved from Miami to Edmond before his junior season. It was at Santa Fe that he blossomed on the football field. As a senior, he moved to inside linebacker and recorded 100 tackles and four sacks.

  • Edmond Santa Fe's Calvin Bundage signs with OSU

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    EDMOND — Calvin Bundage wanted to entertain the Edmond Santa Fe crowd one more time. When it came his time to announce his college decision Wednesday during a National Signing Day ceremony, he reached for an Oklahoma cap and then moved to an Oregon one. Ultimately, it came down to Oklahoma State. “He likes a little bit of the limelight,” Bundage’s mom LaDonna said. “He’s quiet, but he likes a little bit of the limelight also.” Bundage chose the Cowboys over Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona and Oklahoma. His mom said his final decision came down to OSU and Oregon. Distance won out. So did comfort. “I felt at home there,” Bundage said.

  • OSU Football: Edmond Santa Fe's Calvin Bundage chooses the Cowboys

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Edmond Santa Fe star Calvin Bundage picked Oklahoma State on Wednesday, chosing to sign with the Cowboys over OU, Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State.   The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensive back is ranked No. 2 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s top college recruits for the 2016 class.   This story will be updated with more on Bundage's decision and what it means to Oklahoma State.